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Alice Joyce Beaver


HOLLY SPRINGS—Alice Joyce Beaver, 82, passed away  Tuesday, September 24, 2018, in Holly Springs Rehabilitation and Healthcare at Holly Springs. A memorial service was held Saturday, September 29, at 11 a.m. in the Walnut Hills Recreational Room, 2605 Walnut Hills Rd., Oxford. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Beaver was born in Etta and was described as an incredibly hard worker and wonderful cook. She was fascinated with watching WWE wresting on television and was an avid Atlanta Braves fan. Mrs. Beaver loved her family more than anything in this world.

Survivors include her daughter, Ruth Potts (Maxey) of Oxford; two sons, Timothy L. Miller of Oxford and Thomas Wayne Miller (Renee) of Fulton; five granddaughters, Rebecca Bradford of Olive Branch, Sarah Potts of Oxford, Kourtney Anne Moore (Mark) of Etta, Tracy Arnold (Bill) of Adamsville, Tenn. and Amber Lauren Williamson (Robbie) of Crenshaw; two grandsons, Chris Potts (Dottie) and Justin Tyler Miller of Oxford; one brother, Paul Watson of Atoka, Tenn.; a sister, Mary Percell of Yocona; and a host of great-grandchild, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by  her first  husband, Byron Glen Miller; her second husband, Roland Beaver; her parents, George Harvey Watson and Ellie Mae Dart Watson; one daughter, Janice Marie Miller; two sisters, Ella Watson Ferguson and Polly Baker; and two brothers, Leland Watson and Chesley Watson.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Bentley Thomas Fortier


GRENADA—Bentley Thomas Fortier was born and died on September 25, 2018. He was loved before he even arrived, and his much anticipated life was a gift to his parents, John and Mega Fortier of Grenada.

The service was held at 3 p.m. Monday, October 1, in the Pentecostals of Grenada Church with Bro. Damon Tipton officiating. Interment was in Elliott Baptist Church Cemetery, with Seven Oaks Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

In addition to his parents, Bentley is also survived by one sister, Aubrey Fortier; his paternal grandparents, James and Frankie Fortier of Grenada; maternal grandmother, Ginger Mayhan of Winona; Uncle Jamie and Aunt Cristen Fortier of Jackson; and Aunts Lexie Mayhan and Katie Beth Mayhan, both of Winona.


Michael Patrick Hodge 

LONG BEACH—Michael Patrick “Mike” Hodge, age 47, died Friday, September 28, 2018, in Long Beach.  Born March 25, 1971, in Pontotoc, he was a son of Ronnie Hodge and Deborah King. Mike was an avid fisherman and enjoyed cooking for his family and friends. He loved spending time with his family and his nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Saturday, October 6, from 10 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service will follow at noon with Bro. Freddie Moorman officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley.

Survivors include his wife, Denise Higdon Hodge of Long Beach; a son, Trace Hodge of Long Beach;  his mother, Deborah King of Water Valley; a sister, Emily Hodge of Water Valley; brothers, Tim Hodge (Angie) and Jeff Hodge (Wendy) of Water Valley and Blake Hodge (Megan) of Oxford; his stepmother, Tammy Hayles of Water Valley; nieces, nephews, and great nieces and great nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his father, Ronnie Hodge, and his sister, Amy Wilbourn.


William G. Knight, III


WATER VALLEY—William G. “Bill” Knight, III, 56, passed away Tuesday, September 25, 2018, in Baptist Memorial  Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

Visitation was held from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, September 29, in Coleman Funeral Home at Oxford. The funeral service followed immediately in the funeral home. Interment was in Yocona Cemetery at Taylor. Bro. Robert Hogue and Bro. Mike Vanderlip officiated.

Mr. Knight was born and raised in Oxford. He had many occupations throughout his life from truck driving to keeping up with landscaping at Yocona Cemetery. No matter what Mr. Knight’s job was, he always took pride in it. However, what he truly loved was his volunteer work through the Taylor 9 Volunteer Fire Department, where he was instrumental in starting the organization and served as a volunteer firefighter for over 32 years. He was also fascinated with driving his tractors and classic cars.

Survivors include his sister, Regina Stone (Jimmy) of  Oxford; his brother, Kevin Knight of Taylor; his wife, Cynthia Darnell Pullen Knight of Water Valley; and a  host of cousins.

He was preceded in death by  his parents, William G. Knight, Jr. and Sarah Laverne Knight.

Memorials may be made to Yocona Cemetery Fund, c/o Taylor Baptist Church, P. O. Box 42, Taylor, MS 38673; or Taylor 9 Volunteer Fire Department.


Carrie Mae Yount Reynolds


GRENADA—Carrie Mae Yount Reynolds, age 72, died September 30, 2018, in Grenada Living Center at Grenada.

Born January 2, 1946 in Derma, she was a daughter of the late Charles Franklin and Mary Lou Smallwood Yount. Carrie was a member of First Christian Church of Water Valley and enjoyed cooking and spending the holidays with family and friends. She dearly loved being with her children and grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 3, from 10-11 a.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service will follow visitation in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home with Bro. Freddie Buchanan officiating.

  Carrie is survived by her daughter, Veronica Lindsey of Water Valley; sons, James R. Hale, Jr. (Brenda) of Water Valley and William Hale (Angela) of Grenada; her brother, Bob Yount (Linda) of Grenada; nine children; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Everette Claxton Reynolds; her sons, Roger Hale and Everett J. Reynolds; her sisters, Mary White, Dorothy Harjo and Ann Smallwood.


Flavia Peeples Waddell


COFFEEVILLE—Flavia “Toots” Peeples Waddell, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at her home in Coffeeville, surrounded by her family.

    A lifelong resident of Coffeeville, Toots is survived by her daughters, Deanie Calhoon (Chipper) of Oxford, Keri Jones (Walton) of Starkville and Shannon Denley of Memphis;  five grandchildren, Taylor Gentry, Cole and Keaton Calhoon, and Phoebe and Ann Shaifer Jones; brothers, Ralph Lawrence Peeples (Martha Ann) of Brookhaven, Durrett “Deeby” Barnes Sayle Peeples of Oxford and Bradley Stuart Peeples of Coffeeville; many nieces and nephews including one niece she was especially close to, Penny Peeples of Memphis; and a cousin, Melissa Franklin Hawks of Oxford, who was also raised in Coffeeville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Waddell; daughter, Deborah “Debbie” Denley Gentry; parents, Ralph Wagner and Elma Sayle Peeples; and sisters, Patricia “Chip” Covington and Elaine Peeples Boyle.

Toots received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Ole Miss and was a lifelong educator, with over 30 years in teaching and counseling for both Yalobusha Academy and the Coffeeville School District. She was a favorite among faculty and students and always went above her normal duties, giving special attention and extra help to all students under her care. She was a devout Christian and a lifelong member of the Coffeeville United Methodist Church. She was an avid golfer and enjoyed traveling, spending time with her children and grandchildren, and watching her Ole Miss Rebels.

  A memorial service led by Rev. Stacy Douglas was held at 3 p.m. Saturday, September 29, in the Coffeeville United Methodist Church. Arrangements were entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada.

  Memorials may be made to the Innocence Project at: George C. Cochran Innocence Project, P. O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677-1848.


Thurman Waller

WATER VALLEY—Thurman “TC” Waller, age 92, was born in Merango County, Union Town, Ala. on June 3, 1926, and was a son of the late Willie Waller and Ida Wine Waller. Known as TC to his family and close friends, as a very young boy, he moved to Bessemer, Ala. to live with his Uncle Robert. He first married in Bessemer and from this union he had his one and only son, Tyrone Waller. Later he moved to Chicago where he reached manhood and married Rose Lee Riley. Thereafter, he and Rosie Lee moved to Water Valley where he lived until his death on Friday, September 14, 2018.

TC was employed by Avant Construction Company for many years and his employers were like family to him, especially after the death of his wife in October 2007.

The funeral service was held at 3 p.m. on Friday, September 28, 2018, in Seven Oaks Funeral Home. Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Water Valley.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son, Tyrone; brothers, Raymond, Sherman, Herman, Isaiah, Rev. Joseph, Robert, and just this year, Rev. Pettus Waller and Willie Bennett; his sisters, Thessalonian Davis, Irene Stafford, Eva Stafford, and Sarah Lockett.

Survivors include four grandchildren, Corey Lewis, Tina Henderson, Hakeem Lewis, and Shantree Campbell, all of Birmingham, Ala.; a step-grandson, David Grandberry of Hernando; many other relatives; Theresa Jackson, his caregiver for three years; and a special cousin, Aaisha.



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